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MMA Fighter Rankings: List By Division

The Mixed Martial Arts fighter rankings are compiled from top talent from all the promotions and are based on recent performances and overall record. Check out the latest MMA odds here at OddsShark, then see the best specials and offers at top sportsbooks like Bovada.

Heavyweight

The heavyweight rankings continue to be dominated by the UFC, with the weight class being pretty shallow in general. Fabricio Werdum easily topped Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 to become the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion.

The heavyweight division is a damn mess right now. Velasquez pulled out of his immediate rematch with Werdum at UFC 196, Stipe Miocic stepped in then less than 24 hours later Werdum pulled out of the fight. Werdum and Miocic will now officially meet for the title at UFC 198.

Heavyweight Rankings
  • 1. Fabricio Werdum – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Cain Velasquez – UFC
  • 3. Stipe Miocic - UFC
  • 4. Alistair Overeem - UFC
  • 5. Junior dos Santos – UFC
  • 6. Andrei Arlovski – UFC
  • 7. Ben Rothwell - UFC
  • 8. Vitaly Minakov – Bellator (Champion)
  • 9. Travis Browne – UFC
  • 10. Mark Hunt - UFC

Light Heavyweight

Make no mistake about it—Jon Jones is the best light heavyweight fighter on the planet. His dynamic skillset makes him almost unstoppable and he has a win over current champ, Daniel Cormier, who he defeated at UFC 182 in January. Jones made his official return to the Octagon at UFC 197 when he easily beat Ovince Saint Preux in a decision, despite looking rather lackluster.

Now we sit and wait to see when we finally get to witness Jones vs Cormier II for the Light Heavyweight title. Most auume we will see it at UFC 200 barring any injuries.

Light Heavyweight Rankings
  • 1. Jon Jones - UFC
  • 2. Daniel Cormier - UFC (Champion)
  • 3. Anthony Johnson - UFC
  • 4. Ryan Bader – UFC
  • 5. Alexander Gustafsson - UFC
  • 6. Phil Davis - Bellator
  • 7. Glover Texiera - UFC
  • 8. Ovince Saint Preux (UFC)
  • 9. Liam McGeary - Bellator (Champion)
  • 10. Rashad Evans - UFC

Middleweight

The top four fighters in the UFC's middleweight division are a murderers row. Luke Rockhold may be the most well-rounded of them all and he proved that by making Chris Weidman's face look like hamburger at UFC 194 to claim the title. 

The same card saw Yoel Romero score a split decision victory over Jacare Souza in controversial fashion, but Romero was also nailed for failing a drug test after the fight. Weidman will get an immediate rematch against Rockhold in a bout scheduled for UFC 199. 

Middleweight Rankings
  • 1. Luke Rockhold - UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Chris Weidman - UFC
  • 3. Yoel Romero – UFC
  • 4. Jacare Souza – UFC
  • 5. Vitor Belfort – UFC
  • 6. Lyoto Machida – UFC
  • 7. Michael Bisping - UFC
  • 8. Robert Whittaker - UFC
  • 9. Tim Kennedy - UFC
  • 10. David Branch - WSOF (Champion)

Welterweight

Robbie Lawler is coming off two of the most entertaining fights in recent memories with victories over Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit. Most pundits believe that the split decision should have gone to Condit at UFC 195, but Lawler retained via split decision.

Stephen Thompson has thrust himself into the conversation of best striker in the UFC after dismantling Johny Hendricks in the first round of their fight in February. 'Wonderboy' and Rory MacDonald will meet this June in Ottawa in a fight that will likely have the winner getting a title shot.

Ben Askren continues to carry the mantle of best fighter in the world not in the UFC.

Welterweight Rankings
  • 1. Robbie Lawler – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Rory MacDonald – UFC
  • 3. Carlos Condit - UFC
  • 4. Stephen Thompson - UFC
  • 5. Ben Askren - ONE FC (Champion)
  • 6. Johny Hendricks - UFC
  • 7. Demian Maia - UFC
  • 8. Tyron Woodley – UFC
  • 9. Neil Magny - UFC
  • 10. Matt Brown – UFC

Lightweight

The lightweight division offers a lot of intrigue and potential fights involving a new breed against the old guard within the UFC. Rafael Dos Anjos has cemented himself as the top dog at the weight class after decimating Donald Cerrone to end 2015. RDA was set defend his lightweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 196, but a foot injury forced him to withdrawl from the bout.

Instead, dos Anjos will aim to defend his title against Eddie Alvarez in Las Vegas on July 7. Alvarez has not been overly impressive in the UFC with a 2-1 record, with both victories coming via split decision. However, the Philadelphia-native held the Bellator Lightweight Championship for nearly 1200 days between 2009 and when he left for the UFC in 2014.

Lightweight Rankings
  • 1. Rafael dos Anjos – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Khabib Nurmagomedov - UFC
  • 3. Eddie Alvarez – UFC
  • 4. Anthony Pettis - UFC
  • 5. Tony Ferguson - UFC
  • 6. Justin Gaethje - WSOF (Champion)
  • 7. Nate Diaz - UFC
  • 8. Will Brooks – Bellator (Champion)
  • 9. Michael Chiesa - UFC
  • 10. Beneil Dariush - UFC

Featherweight

It only took 13 seconds for Conor McGregor to prove he is the best featherweight in the world. One left hand and a fight almost a year in the making was over. McGregor's creative striking and size advantage give him a huge edge at featherweight (but not so much at welterweight). 

Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will meet at UFC 200 with the interim featherweight title on the line, or maybe it will just be for the featherweight title if McGregor is 'retired' or doesn't fight at or whatever the hell is going on. 

Featherweight Rankings
  • 1. Conor McGregor – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Jose Aldo – UFC
  • 3. Frankie Edgar – UFC
  • 4. Max Holloway – UFC
  • 5. Chad Mendes – UFC
  • 6. Ricardo Lamas – UFC
  • 7. Charles Oliveira – UFC
  • 8. Daniel Straus - Bellator (Champion)
  • 9. Cub Swanson – UFC
  • 10. Jeremy Stephens - UFC

Bantamweight

The bantamweight division features a lot of youth and promise, but few refined and fully developed fighters. Dominick Cruz proved to still be the best in the world at 135 with a split decision victory over T.J. Dillashaw. These two fighters have staked their claim to the top two spots in the division.

Cruz will defend his bantamweight strap against Urijah Faber at UFC 199. These two men do not like each other and their previous two meetings have been split, with this upcoming fight representing the rubber match. 

The notable newcomer to the bantamweight rankings is John Dodson. After dismantling Manny Gamuryan in his return to the weightclass, it is clear 'The Magician' can still maintain his speed and power at 135 lbs. 

Bantamweight Rankings
  • 1. Dominick Cruz – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC
  • 3. Raphael Assuncao – UFC
  • 4. Urijah Faber – UFC
  • 5. Renan Barao – UFC
  • 6. Aljamain Sterling - UFC
  • 7. Bibiano Fernedes - ONE FC (Champion)
  • 8. Thomas Almeida - UFC
  • 9. John Dodson - UFC
  • 10. Marcos Galvao - Bellator (Champion)

Flyweight

Demetrious Johnson has completely obliterated the rest of the flyweight division. Since being crowned the first ever UFC Flyweight champion, ‘Mighty Mouse’ has defended his strap eight times and in every fight he’s looked damn near untouchable. Johnson demolished Henry Cejudo in under four minutes at UFC 197 to effectively leave him without an opponent.

The division is so thin, that the winner of the next TUF competition within the flyweight division was expected to get an automatic title shot, but those plans seemed to have been nixed. 

Flyweight Rankings
  • 1. Demetrious Johnson – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Joseph Benavidez – UFC
  • 3. John Dodson – UFC
  • 4. Henry Cejudo – UFC
  • 5. Ali Bagautinov – UFC
  • 6. Jussier Formiga – UFC
  • 7. Ian McCall – UFC
  • 8. Kyoji Horiguchi – UFC
  • 9. John Moraga – UFC
  • 10. Zach Makovsky – UFC

Women’s Bantamweight

Miesha Tate finally climbed to the top of the hill when she defeated Holly Holm at UFC 196. Tate showed her trademarked tenacity and heart by picking up the submission victory in the fifth and final round of that fight. All the props in the world to Holm though, as she chose to pass out rather than tap.

The UFC has already said that Ronda Rousey will get the next shot at the belt, but the UFC brass probably thought Holm would beat Tate. Rousey already has two career wins over Tate and will likely be a more appeasing fight to 'The Rowdy One' than Holm.

Women's Bantamweight Rankings
  • 1. Miesha Tate – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Holly Holm – UFC
  • 3. Ronda Rousey – UFC
  • 4. Cat Zigano – UFC
  • 5. Amanda Nunes – UFC
  • 6. Alexis Davis – UFC
  • 7. Sara McMann - UFC
  • 8. Julianna Pena - UFC
  • 9. Tonya Evinger - Invicta (Champion)
  • 10. Jessica Eye – UFC

Women's Strawweight

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has proven that she deserves the UFC strawweight belt after making Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne’s faces look like mush. Jedrzejczyk's most recent win over Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193 was her tougest fight to date, but there was no question JJ was in the lead most of the contest.

Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha will coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter with that season culminating in the summer. It was announced that they'll fight on Friday, July 8—the night before UFC 200.

Women's Strawweight Rankings
  • 1. Joanna Jedrzejczk – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Claudia Gadelha – UFC
  • 3. Jessica Aguilar – UFC
  • 4. Carla Esparza – UFC
  • 5. Rose Namajunas – UFC
  • 6. Tecia Torres – UFC
  • 7. Livia Renata Souza - Invicta (Champion)
  • 8. Valerie Letourneau – UFC
  • 9. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – UFC
  • 10. Alexa Grasso - Invicta

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